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Monday, September 25, 2017

From Plateau To New You: Hitting Your Weight Goals


So, you’ve decided to get healthy and make a big change in your life? That’s great news! Making such changes in your life can really overhaul your health and fitness and can give you a completely new lease of life!

Even though most people start off really well in their new healthy way of living, they often find that often after a few months or so, their weight loss starts to slow down and they reach a plateau. It’s at this point when most people really start to struggle with reaching their weight goals. They get very disenchanted and often return to their old way of life. As a result, their fitness goes down the drain, and they start to put all the weight that they lost back on.

But you don’t need to give up just because you hit a plateau. In fact, there are ways you can work through this stage and continue to lose weight. Eventually, you’ll hit your weight goals without any problems!

Do you need some help or encouragement to work past your plateau? If so, you just need to follow all of these tips and pointers in this blog post. Eventually, you’ll be the new you that you want to see!


Check Your Calories Again

As you work through your fitness journey, you will find that your body starts to lose weight and adapt to your new diet choices. Even if you struggle to lower your daily calorie intake to start off with, your body will eventually get used to it. And it is often at this point that you hit your plateau. So, once you do think you’ve hit a weight plateau, it’s a good idea to reassess your calorie intake again. You might need to reduce it even further. In some cases, you might just need to change the types of food you are eating. For instance, many people give up carbohydrates when you start dieting. However, you will need to slowly reintroduce these so that your body doesn’t go into starvation mode.

Not sure whether you should reduce your calorie intake further? It’s a good idea to ask your doctor or to consult a dietician about this. But you can also test yourself by reducing your daily calories by 100. If you don’t struggle with this and find that you start to lose weight again, then it should be fine to continue with this reduced diet.


Think About Caffeine

When some people start to diet and work on their weight, they often increase their caffeine intake. That’s because caffeine can speed up the metabolism slightly, which can encourage the body to lose weight. However, it’s actually possible to go over the top with your caffeine intake, and this can actually lead to weight gain. So, how do you know if you are drinking too much? Well, most studies show that four cups of coffee should be your limit if you are hoping to lose weight. Five or more cups have been shown to make the body put on weight around the stomach. Do you want a big caffeine kick without excess weight adding onto your midsection? If so, then it’s worth swapping your cup of coffee for green tea. Green tea is filled with natural caffeine and won’t lead to any extra weight gain.


Rotate Your Workouts

We all know that you can’t lose weight and improve your fitness just by changing your diet. You also need to work up a sweat on the treadmill as well! But, you can’t simply stick to the treadmill when you are trying to burn off all those calories. You need to make sure that you are doing a few different types of workouts and exercises to ensure that your body doesn’t become used to one type. For instance, if you love jogging you should also try and fit in some strength training to your fitness routine. In fact, if you do any kind of cardio, you also need to do some strength training. This can help your body build up resistance and burn even more calories. There are some workouts that combine cardio and strength, such as those that you can find on The Body Coach’s fitness YouTube channel.

Remember Cheat Days

We’re told not to cheat but… it can actually be good for your fitness and weight! It’s a good idea to take a cheat day when it comes to your diet and workouts. This is a day when you let yourself eat what you want and don’t do any exercise at all. First of all, it’s good for your diet as it gives your body a break. If you were to diet constantly for a few months, your body might go into starvation mode and might start to cling onto even more fat. Plus, you can’t workout constantly either. Otherwise, you will find that you are more prone to injuring yourself. That’s because the body needs to rest to give it a chance to recover from all that hard work. 


Spread Out Your Protein

One little trick that most people like to use while they are trying to get fitter is to eat little and often. This ensures that their metabolism is continually working and that they are able to burn off as many calories as possible. But, what most people don’t know, is that they also need to spread out their protein and ensure that they have a little protein with each meal or snack. It’s true that protein speeds up your metabolism but it also has the added bonus of helping the body hold onto all that important muscle while burning fat. If you stagger your protein consumption, you will find that you can maintain a healthy weight loss while also being able to smash all your targets and goals in the gym!

Speak To Your Doctor

Are you still finding it difficult to lose weight even though you have tried all the various tips and tricks you hear? If so, you might need to speak to your doctor. They can reassess your diet and fitness plan with you to see if there are any tweaks or changes you should make to improve it. They might even refer you to a doctor like Dr. David E. Halpern or another specialist. Plus, your doctor will be able to find out whether there is an underlying cause that is affecting your weight and fitness. There are a few illnesses and medical conditions that can make it very difficult for the body to lose weight. Plus, some illnesses might require you to follow a specific diet that could make it tricky to lose weight too.


Do Some Interval Training

When most people go out for a job or a bike ride, they try to go as hard as they can for the duration of their workout. This is perfectly fine as it is a great way to burn as many calories as possible. However, it can be difficult to keep going at this intensity for a long time. And that’s not all - your body can get used to this style of workout and it won’t have as much impact as you would like. Instead, you should do some interval training. This is when you work at different speeds and intensities throughout your whole workout. So, for instance, if you are running, you might sprint as fast as you can possibly go for a minute. Repeat these intervals ten times but be sure to split them up with a couple of minutes walking or slow jogging. 


Get Plenty Of Zzzzs

How many hours of sleep do you get each night? If you aren’t getting at least seven hours, you need to work on your sleep habits! People who don’t sleep as much as they should often find it incredibly difficult to lose any weight. That’s because their metabolism slows down as a result of their poor sleep cycle. And it has also been proven that people who sleep plenty throughout the night don’t suffer from as many hunger pangs throughout the day, so they can easily cut down on all their snacks! You will also feel a lot less stressed if you get plenty of zzzzs. That’s because your stress level hormones will be reduced.


Forget About The Scales

Do you constantly check the scales each and every day? If you do, you need to stop that right now! Forget about the figures that the scales say. It should be more about how you feel and how your clothes feel on you. If you think that you look and feel great, then there really is no reason to check the scales. You should easily be able to keep a check of your weight by simply seeing how your clothes feel on you.

As you can see, there are loads of ways you can mix up your new fit lifestyle and make sure you move past your plateau. Before you realize it, you’ll be losing those final few pounds and moving steadily towards your weight and health goals!

Monday, September 18, 2017

How Well Do You Know Your Sweat?

Breaking into a sweat while we work out is a vindication. It is proof that we pushed hard, and that the results must surely follow. Other than wiping our forehead with a towel, most of us have never given sweat a second thought. What you’ll find is that sweating is a more complex topic than you imagined!

First up, there are two distinct types of sweat – which come from separate sweat glands. You’ll also find that sweat does not smell, at all. It is microbes feasting on your sweat which create that unique odor. Whether you run, lift or work out with home fitness equipment - read on for more on these, and some other fascinating facts about sweat and sweating.

Know Your Sweat #1 – There are Two Types of Sweat

Sweat glands come in two varieties. The most common are ‘Eccrine’ glands. These cover most of your body, and number in the millions. Eccrine sweat glands produce a thin, watery and salty sweat.

In your armpits and genital area, you’ll find a second type of sweat gland – Apocrine glands. These share ducts with your hair follicles. They produce sweat which contains nitrates, ammonia and fatty acids. This type of sweat provides food for microbes. They feast on the fatty acids, and the smell we associate with sweat is a by-product of microbes breaking down their food.

Know Your Sweat #2 – Fit People Sweat Sooner

The primary function of sweat is cooling. Your brain takes an average of your core temperature and average skin temperature into account when triggering this. A secondary function is to get rid of nitrates that you consume. Working out, especially lifting weights, raises your core temperature quickly.

As you get fitter, your body starts to become optimized in many ways – including cooling. This means that fit people will start to sweat sooner than an average person. Note that inactive (and especially obese) people will also sweat easily. This is because the effort required to exercise is greater, increasing their temperature.

Know Your Sweat #3 – Antiperspirants

Most of us use an antiperspirant these days. These are a relatively new thing. The very first was only invented 130 years ago – this was ‘Mum’ brand by Edna Murphey. It was not until the last few decades that use became expected and (almost!) universal.

These work by physically blocking the ducts of Apocrine sweat ducts. The main active ingredients are aluminium salts. These include Aluminium Chloride and Aluminium Chlorohydrate. They combine with sweat to form a plug, which can last for a few days.

The fastest way to improve the effectiveness of underarm antiperspirants is to shave your armpit hair. Women have known this for decades, and men are only now starting to catch on. Most antiperspirants will also contain alcohol. This kills off the microbes which feed from your sweat, helping to reduce odors.

Know Your Sweat #4 – Clothing Choices

Sweating in the gym is one thing, outside in the workplace or bar – it is never desirable. Smart clothing choices can make a big difference. This is especially useful if you are genetically predisposed to heavier sweat.

Dark shades are best for hiding sweat, with plain black and navy blue leading the way. If you prefer lighter clothes, then plain white is the next best option.

If you still have patches, then an undershirt and even special absorbent pads are both back-up options.

Know Your Sweat #5 – Extreme Sweat Reduction

For some people, excessive sweating becomes a medical issue. Regular reduction techniques including clean eating, no caffeine or alcohol and antiperspirant simply do not work.

There are two more measures which are used in case of medical hyperhidrosis.

First is Botox treatment. Botox is injected into the affected areas, effectively killing the nerves which carry the ‘start sweating’ signal from the brain. Second, and most extreme, is surgery. Sweat glands can be scraped away from under the skin – or removed by lasers.

Fortunately, most of us have sweat under control. Having read this page, you’ll now know your sweat a little better!

Are You Lifting Too Much Too Early?

When more is not necessarily better

Weight training has always been a go-to exercise regimen for performance athletes in various sports – from rugby to Formula 1 driving, and for anybody in pursuit of health and fitness. These exercises are meant to increase muscle bulk and strength, improve stamina and tone, increase endurance, improve cardiac function, sculpt one’s body, and various other desired effects, depending on what is required or aspired for. Today, weight training has come to include exercises that do not simply rely on gravity to provide resistance to muscular movement, but other mechanical means such as elastic, spring tension, or even one’s own body.

While the equipment and prescribed movements associated with weight training may seem deceptively “low-tech,” one should not make the mistake of just buying equipment or popping in at a local gym to start on an unsupervised DIY exercise regimen especially when heavy weights are involved. There are surely health and safety dangers associated with overdoing physical activity, most especially in weight-training because of the extreme forces employed in the exercises that are meant to change one’s physique. Anyone with even a rudimentary understanding of human physiology would know that they usual notion of “the more, the better” does not always hold true when dealing with the human body.

In some cases, going over the top at the improper time can produce negative results, and can be downright dangerous. So how does one know that the weights being lifted have exceeded the safe or beneficial limit? This can be answered by acquiring a bit of enlightenment on how weight training works.

Pushing targeted muscles to the max

The principal characteristic of weight training is that is generally geared towards increasing physical strength. As such, it aims to elicit physical changes in the skeletal muscles of the person, and not merely train them for endurance or muscle memory. Surely, all sports activities produce positive results in skeletal muscle development, but they work on entire muscle groups that act cooperatively to cause specific motions.

On its part, weight training aims to increase the power and performance of specific muscles by designing appropriate movements that require these targeted muscles to contract with little or no help from the adjunct muscle groups. The exercise a fitness trainer will prescribe to develop a particular muscle is designed to force that muscle to do all the work without allowing the body to accommodate for the difficulty by bringing other muscles into play. This is the reason trainers and gym instructors may seem overly obsessed on requiring people to have proper form when exercising with weights. Addressing the force of gravity or mechanical resistance at an incorrect angle would not cause the targeted muscle to do the desired work.

The presence of qualified trainers and fitness coaches in gyms is not due to any frivolous demand for servitude, but due to the real and unimagined need for knowledgeable people who can determine the appropriate weights to be used for each exercise, how many repetitions are needed with each set-up, and when it is the proper time to scale up the work-out. These formulae are not generic, but are recommended for each individual client depending on his or her abilities and desired result in muscular development. After ample evaluation of the physical abilities, the strength and fitness targets, and even the determination of a client, the trainer lays out a custom-made weight training regimen. This tabulates the exact exercises to be performed, indicating what weights are to be employed, and the number of reps and cycles required for each one, and how long it should be followed before increasing the level of difficulty.

The risk of hefting too much of a load during weight training is usually more pronounced when engaged in actual “body building” or striving to increase the size and power of one’s muscles. The approach in this type of training may seem radical but it is generally accepted by all mainstream trainers.

Many of these trainers will recommend the “overload” approach in building lean muscle tissue. This involves subjecting the muscles to more resistance than they are accustomed to. While this is truly challenging, the exercising person should lift only as much weight that allows him to complete the desired number of reps. This means the lifting should be difficult, but not impossible. The person should be able to execute last rep with some difficulty, but still with good form.

Since the entire point of weight training is improvement or progression, the weights lifted should be continually increased over time, making sure that plateaus or adaptation are avoided. The trainer might recommend changing some exercises, or even changing the type of resistance involved in the movements.

When too much is too much

This progression in the amount of weight lifted could very well lead to injury from lifting more than the person has become capable of lifting, especially when one believes in the unscientific tenet of “no pain, no gain.” One should not be punishing oneself when exercising, but abiding, instead, by a scientific process of muscle improvement.

The muscle development and growth does not occur instantaneously while the person is hard at work pumping iron. The muscles actually change and bulk up during the much-needed rest and recovery periods between workouts. This is the reason trainers do not make people do intensive exercise of the same muscles for two consecutive days. Instead, a well-designed circuit that entails a schedule of varied exercises is a better bet for proper weight training.

While it is normal for one to complain of aches and pains after a particularly grueling workout, especially when just starting out on a weight training program, it is not normal for the aches and pains to persist over long periods, even when doing exactly the same exercises with the same weights and number of reps. The pain can be present after having tried a new exercise, or progressed into a higher number of reps or heavier weights. After enough sessions with the more difficult regimen, the post-exercise pains should no longer be present. If the pain continues, one is surely over-training or lifting too much at too early a time.

More dangerous than we imagine

Why is lifting too much a bad thing? Simply because the dangers are much more severe than mere fatigue or muscle tissue damage. People predisposed to hypertension and atherosclerosis who over-exert their muscles in this way can suffer an aortic tear or dissection, meaning the main artery of the heart ruptures and splits open. This is a fatal condition that has actually taken the lives of many people who overdid physical activity, whether at work, in sports, or even in the gym. Other dangerous effects of the radically elevated blood pressures caused by lifting too much weight are stroke and aneurysm, both of which are potentially fatal or disabling events.

Apart from the aforementioned warning sign of prolonged aches and pains, the red flags to alert one of over-exertion or excessive weight lifting are lack of motivation, loss of grip strength, restlessness and diminished ability to focus, prolonged sluggishness, and increased frequency of illness. Even if a person is one of those over driven fitness buffs who stubbornly ignores the good advice of professional trainers, one cannot avoid listening to one’s own body when it cries in protest. Inevitably, prematurely lifting too much negates any gains made with weight training, especially if it results in permanent disability, if not death.

The most urgent measures to take when this begins to happen are cutting back on the intensity of exercise, whether by reducing weight carried or by reducing the number of reps for each exercise until enough progress has been made to make the upgrade in difficulty appropriate. The value of rest and recuperation between gym sessions cannot be over-emphasized. Of course, proper nutrition, life stress reduction, and ample sleep time will reduce the risks of morbidity and mortality associated with over-training, and are good health practices in any case.


Author: Arthur Gibbs

Author Bio

Art is the current executive content director for Project Macro. He has covered health care, lifestyle trends, and business for more than 10 years for different publications. Born and raised in NYC, he prefers biking around the city and traveling the world searching for the next mountain to climb. 


Saturday, September 16, 2017

Anadrol Reviews - What Can You Expect From This Anabolic Steroid?

Anadrol was first introduced in the 1950's as a medicine that helped to fight anemia and muscle wasting diseases. Since it contains hormone oxymetholone, which is very effective for muscle building, the bodybuilding communities started to use it as an anabolic steroid.

Today a lot of serious bodybuilders considered Anadrol as a must have steroid in their effort to build lean muscle mass and improve strength. Hard gainers are also suggested to take this product to help them gain weight faster and safely.

As there have been so many Anadrol reviews with testimonials from successful users, this product is gaining more popularity and today a lot of bodybuilders from all over the world are taking advantage of this powerful steroid to help them build muscles.

How Does It Work?

Anadrol was designed to help the body increase muscle mass rapidly, as well as to improve strength and endurance naturally.

Oxymetholone, the active hormone contained in Anadrol, mimics the properties of Dihydrotestosterone, which is more powerful than testosterone. That's why it's very effective in muscle building.

Furthermore, it also stimulates the production of EPO (erythroprotein) in the body, which is a very important hormone for producing red blood cells. Then it also increases the oxygen flow to the blood cells. This whole process will provide energy boost and improved levels of endurance.

Side Effects and Safe Usage

Just like any other health products, you need to pay attention to the instruction of use to avoid any negative effects. Anadrol is no different, no matter how safe it is, if you don't use it properly, especially if you increase the dosage when trying to build muscles faster, there will be some negative consequences including liver toxicity, water retention, high blood pressure, heart palpitations, gynecomastia (male breast), prostate enlargement, and acne.

Anadrol comes as 50 mg pills and you can take it in full or empty stomach. However, if you have a sensitive stomach, it's suggested that you take it after or during your meal. On your workout days, it's best to take it 30-45 minutes before you workout.

The normal dosage is two tablets per day, and for best results you are suggested to use it for 2 months. If you want to continue using it after 2 months, you should take a week and half off before you start taking the pills again.

Benefits of Anadrol

Today the market is flooded with all kinds of bodybuilding supplements that give all kinds of sweet promises, but not many of them could actually deliver real results. Usually if we find a product that could really live up to the hype, it's either very expensive, dangerous, or illegal.

So it's great to find something like Anadrol that could really deliver best results and at the same time also safe and affordable.

Where To Buy

To avoid any scams or rip-off schemes, you should always buy this product from its official distributor's website. There are so many fake products out there, and many of them are offered in low price. For something like this you shouldn't take a risk, it's better paying more than risking taking a fake product with who knows what it contains. Also check for the professional advice from for their useful information regarding steroids, this might help you into making a better decision. Where steroids alternative may be the best option out there where you do not need to take any risk to get to your goal.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

The Ultimate Guide To Finding The Right Exercise Plan To Suit Your Fitness Needs

There was once a time when people thought that simply having a gym membership constituted having an exercise routine. Although quite clearly nonsense, the amount of people who secured themselves a gym membership in January to make themselves feel better about the extra few pounds they’d put on over Christmas was astonishing. Many people still purchase a gym membership today because it seems a good deal, use it once or twice and then allow it to languish as a direct debit payment from a bank account never to be utilized again.

Going to the gym takes a certain mindset, but everyone can achieve it. Firstly, you need to want to accomplish a fitness goal. This should give you the initial spark of motivation to want to head to the gym to complete your workouts. Secondly and most importantly, you need to be doing the appropriate workout that will see you achieving your goals. Every week you should see progress after a few sweaty sessions at the gym. If you don’t see measurable progress, you risk becoming disillusioned by the whole venture and will more than likely give up. Take a look at this guide to help you select the best style of workout plan to suit your fitness needs.


Training For A Specific Event

If you are already relatively fit and are no stranger to exercise but you are starting to ramp up your training for a particular event, you’ll need to select an appropriate workout to strengthen specific muscle groups. If you are planning to run a marathon, you’ll need at least six months of hard graft to build up the endurance levels needed to complete a 26.2 mile course.

You’ll need to embark on a range of drills to encourage your body to run for an unnaturally long distance. You’ll be completing interval training, speed workouts and a weekly conversational run which should increase in length every time you complete it. You might also want to venture onto the rower every now and then to break up your running pattern and introduce a different way of developing endurance.

Running a marathon is a tough challenge for anyone to complete so it’s vital that you select a well-researched training schedule that you can stick to. Just because you feel good, positive and motivated don’t be tempted to train on rest days. They are vital for the recovery of your muscles, and you don’t want to risk an injury through over-training.


Get Lean But Maybe Not Mean

Toning up so that your body emulates the Adonis that you know is hiding inside of you somewhere is the trickiest part of exercising. You may be able to lose weight, and you may also be able to see a slight decrease in your body fat ratio, but all of those spears of asparagus, florets of broccoli and mountains of spinach don't appear to be having the desired effect. You feel like you are doing everything you need to get lean and sculpted but there's not an inkling of muscle definition in sight. What's going on?

It’s imperative that you don’t rely on cardio to achieve your aim of becoming sculpted. You need to exercise your muscles. For those of us who spend up to an hour jogging on a treadmill, it can seem odd to complete a workout that may not see you huffing and puffing your way out of the gym. However, lifting weights will build muscle mass. Make sure you are lifting a weight just outside your comfort zone. By your third rep, you should be struggling and feeling the burn. If not, your muscles are already conditioned to the weight, and you won’t see any definition.

As well as your cardio/weight mix, you need to be putting the right fuel into your body. It’s wise to research the best supplement stack for weight loss and muscle gain to boost your protein intake that will see you able to work out harder for longer. Alongside a healthy meal plan where you are sourcing the correct balance of nutrients, you are enabling your body to be in peak condition ready for your workouts at the gym.


Improving Your Core

If your sole objective is to enhance the strength of your core to enable you to function better in another sport such as martial arts or kickboxing, your gym workout will be vastly different from lifting weights and running on the treadmill. Your core is the very foundation of your strength, and a stable core will increase your endurance in other activities.

The traditional exercises of press ups, crunches and sit ups alongside a plank or two will improve your core strength. With the addition of balance and coordination drills, you will find that your stability is enhanced, and because your center of gravity is more level, your risk of injury is lowered.


Eating The Right Food

No matter what exercise plan you are following, you need to give your body the nutrients it needs to fuel a workout while not overeating or succumbing to sweet temptations. All workouts require a balance of protein, carbohydrate, and fat. This balance alters depending on your fitness goals. If you are looking to build muscle, you’ll need to source more protein. If you are training to run a marathon or you’re tempted to enter a triathlon event, you will rely more heavily upon carbohydrates to fuel the endurance required.

When at your gym, it pays to speak to the trainers and staff and ask their advice. They may have free meal plans and exercise suggestions to enhance your training schedule. These can then be adapted to suit your requirements.

Joining a gym is the easy part. By selecting the right workout for you, eating the right food and ensuring your body has the nutrients it needs, you will be able to measure your progress week by week, maintaining your motivation and ultimately achieving your fitness goals.